JOHN JORGEN PETERSEN
3/2/1933 Ė 6/30/2013
John Jorgen Petersen, 80, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday June 30, 2013 at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul due to complications from Congestive Heart Failure.
John Jorgen Petersen was born in Willmar, Minnesota on March 2, 1933 to Marie Anderegg Petersen and Peter Jorgen Petersen. The family moved to Wanamingo in 1935, then bought a farm in Walcott Township south of Faribault in 1936. John grew up in the Faribault area and was involved in the 4-H club. He also enjoyed roller skating and ice skating. John graduated from Faribault High School in 1951 and attended the Minnesota State Fair Farm Boys camp through 4-H. He was an honorary camper in 1952. This was the beginning of one of Johnís lifetime passions, of being involved with the Minnesota State Fair.
After graduating, John worked at a pea vinery and the turkey plant. In 1953 he started work at the Faribault State Hospital as a Human Services Technician. John then enrolled in the Army, entering service in February 1954. He trained in El Paso, TX for anti-aircraft artillery and later trained as a wheeled-vehicle mechanic in Fusan, Germany. He served 18 months in Germany. While overseas he visited his fatherís relatives in Denmark. After his discharge from the Army in 1956, he returned to work at the Faribault State Hospital.
Also in 1956 John returned to the Minnesota State Fair working in the admissions department for the next 49 years until his last year there in 2005. For over 25 years he was a Gate Captain at the outside gates, and enjoyed the camaraderie and people of his annual vacation at the Fair.
In 1958, John met Corrine Lee, a Special Education Teacher at the Faribault State Hospital. They dated, and then married in 1959. They started a family with Mark Jorgen, Lawrence Lee and Pamela Dawn. The family was part of the founding membership of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, and enjoyed camping trips, events with family and friends, including the deaf community in Faribault, and vacations to California to visit Corrineís family.
John held several positions at the Faribault State Hospital during his career there. He earned his Licensed Practical Nurse accreditation and in 1975, he was promoted to an Assistant Group Supervisor position, a position he held until his retirement in 1995.
In 1973 John joined the Faribault Elks Lodge, another start of an important part of his life. In 1984 he became the Exalted Ruler of the Faribault Lodge, and followed in 1986 by serving as the Gambling Manager for the Elks charitable gambling function for over 25 years. In that role, John drove improvements in the management system that enabled the Lodge to start a scholarship program that has provided over $200k in local college scholarships for Faribault area youths. John was an active member of the Elks where he has many good friends, and enjoyed playing Euchre on Thursday nights, until his health declined in the past few years.
Johnís family was first and foremost in his life. His other interests included beekeeping, fishing, restoring and driving his 1929 Dodge, visiting family, trips to Duluth with Corrine, and various home projects. He was an avid handyman and could fix just about anything.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Marie Petersen, brother Eugene Raymond Anderegg, and sister Mary Ann Lambert.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Corrine, son Mark (Mary Kay) of Tualatin, OR, son Lawrence (Cheri) of Webster, daughter Pam Olson (Steve) of Minnetonka, 6 grandchildren, Michelle, Noah, Colette, Jennifer, Madelyn, Alex, and additional nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, Faribault with the Reverend Steven Delzer officiating. John will be buried at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault with military honors provided by the Rice County Central Veterans immediately after the service and a luncheon will follow at the Faribault Elks Lodge.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, July 8th at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions can be made in Johnís honor to the Faribault Elks Lodge #1166 Youth Scholarships Fund.
Name: Marilyn Apland McQuarrie
Date: Thursday July 25, 2013
My sincere condolences to John's family. It was many years ago we lost contact with John and Corrine. I will always remember the good times we shared. My sympathy is extended to Mark, Lawrence, Pam and the grandchildren but especially to my friend and fellow special education teacher, Corrine Lee.
Name: Robin Berge Salter
Date: Thursday July 04, 2013
My condolences, Mark, and to all your family on the loss of your father. I have such vivid memories of Sundays at church as our families shared services together. The journey continues...Love and peace, Robin
Name: Darla Rozeske
Date: Tuesday July 02, 2013
I will forever remember all our Thanksgivings as a young child and an adult. Our family is a small one BUT what a GREAT one! With much love and sadness I am thinking of you all. See you all soon. Darla
Name: Bob Wente
Date: Tuesday July 02, 2013
John & I worked together for many years at the Faribault State Hospital/Regional Treatment Center. He had a great sense of humor even when dealing with tough client issues and sometimes difficult staff issues. Most of all, he was a great friend and a "pretty good" card player too! My wife, Kathy & I will miss him very much. Our heartfelt condolences to Corrine, Mark, Larry, Pam and families.